Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, 1602 - title page, p.a1r

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Date:1602

Description:A Shakespeare source in England’s mediaeval poetry.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s works, written in the time of Richard II, at the end of the 13th century, were known and admired by Elizabethan contemporaries such as Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queene. Shakespeare used ideas found in Chaucer for his own work, including the story of Ariadne and Dido in 'The Legend of Good Women' for a reference in The Merchant of Venice ‘In such a night stood Dido with a willow in her hand.’ (5,1, lines 9-12).


Full title: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, London, Adam Islip, 1602.


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